My name is Grant Vandever. I work for your Wylie Growl. In full disclosure and at the risk of being booed … I did not attend Wylie. If it helps, 2 of my roommates from college are Wylie through and through, so I have been exposed to some of the Wylie fandom.
As a baby I was handed around the Cooper baseball stands as my Dad served as the athletic trainer. My more formative years were spent as a student at Abilene High, sitting on the front row of nearly every sporting event that was played.
My bosses often give me a hard time. “How can you work for a Wylie Magazine and not own anything purple.” I have to say, they have a point. I am working hard to rectify this issue as I immerse myself and learn the “Wylie Way.” I actually bought my first purple Wylie shirt in preparation for the first football game. Needless to say, my boss was very proud!
We like to say that at the Wylie Growl we are here to “Celebrate all the awesome things happening in Wylie”. But what is this like for all the new students and families that come into Wylie every year? That is where the idea for this blog was born. We wanted to explore what it is like to experience for the very first time all the great things that Wylie has going.
Over the next year I will be writing about my first time experiencing everything Wylie has the offer. I’m looking forward to learning more about everything happening in the Wylie community and telling my story.
There are many traditions and events that a new person to Wylie might not know about.
If you have an idea of something Wylie I should experience tweet us @WylieGrowl and you might see that new guy in Wylie looking to see something for the first time.